Yes, Paul DeJong has trade value. His contract is appealing. His talent is, too.
Working on putting together that list this week, just like the Cardinals are.
Momentum is on his side. I'm optimistic a wrong will be finally righted.
No. That would be the opposite of what the Red Sox are trying to do by making the most of the one of the best biggest assets in baseball. They'll want a cost-controlled, talent-stacked monster of a return to set them up for future seasons.
There isn't one. Not that is that good. Baseball is still looking.
Headed for the 40-man roster so that he's protected by the Rule 5 draft. That seems to be the most immediate move for him. He has upside, came back from injury, and is part of the strong stock of talent the Cardinals have collecting at the hot corner. He's set to be the starter at Class AAA.
It was a mistake by the writers at the time. He was compared to the best contemporary and that just so happened to be the best catcher of all time. No one wins a comparison when compared to one of the best ever. I wrote a long story about that several years ago, called it the Pippen Pricniple. Trammell ran into the same thing at shortstop. Edmonds had a similar experience when he was on the ballot with Griffey. You get the idea.
Discussed earlier in the chat. In the opening stanza.
Yes. Too much money at stake for both sides.
No. Explored earlier in the chat. There's no reason to believe this will happen.
We already see the later part of that with the coaching. And Toronto elevated salaries -- with other teams looking to follow suit. Contraction does seem inevitable -- and I'm not sure all that wise.
The question will be where doesn't Edman play. He'll bring a lot of gloves to the park.
I doubt whether they really want to shorten the offseason. A goal of Selig -- I believe it was Selig -- was to have baseball in the headlines as much as possible, 365 days a year, and now with social media there can be chatter about baseball all the time. Baseball likes that vibe, likes that even a drawn out offseason fills the air with baseball chatter through January. One huge drawback is that they cannot promote the heck out of new additions -- not when say the Phillies have all their 2019 stuff planned and printed and then in spring training up pops Harper and they have to do it all over again. They get no runup to build anticipation and excitement. But what baseball does get a long, slow, drone of coverage and conversation that never takes the game out of the news really even for the months when there aren't games. It's kind of like the NFL draft. And they put that on prime time TV.
He's headed to Class AA to be the starter there. He's not set for a 2020 ETA unless there has been a series of unfortunate events that lead the Cardinals to that need.
Got to step aside for an interview. Thanks for the patience.
The Cardinals have also offered a statement of condolences to their manager. It reads: "The St. Louis Cardinals organization offers its condolences to Manager Mike Shildt and his family following the recent passing of Mike's mother, Elizabeth 'Lib' Shildt."
That's in play, certainly. Just had a chance to catch up with some of the Cardinals folks here at the GM meetings, and they have held fast to this notion that they are going to open the doors to some of the young players and "see how far they can run with it." They're talking about outfielders, clearly. They are certainly establishing a position so that they don't look eager to add an outfielder via trade, via free agency. That is somewhat posturing for leverage's sake -- they will look at a trade for an outfielder if Ozuna moves on -- but it also speaks to an interest in throwing four, five outfielders at an opening and counting on one producing.
Alright. Let's hit the speed-round here for about 15 minutes-20 minutes. I've got to get back to some reporting -- and writing for the paper -- but let's close with some momentum.